Dear ACSD#1 Families,

The number of COVID-19 cases in Albany County have been stable since the start of the year, so our schools have been operating as usual.   We have been monitoring COVID-19 metrics closely, and because the case numbers continue to decline and the Wyoming Department of Health Transmission Indicators are favorable, the Board of Trustees voted to return to Tier I at Laramie High School and Laramie Middle School on March 22, 2021.  Please see our press release for additional details.   Tier I returns secondary school students to school five days each week, but we are still following strict protocols to mitigate the risk of transmission: use of face coverings, 6-foot social distance as much as possible, and washing hands.  Tier I is not business as usual nor is it a return to normal.  We are still in a pandemic and are extremely mindful of taking safety precautions.  The secondary schools will provide additional information next week about the return to Tier I on March 22, 2021.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released an update today on Reopening Schools entitled, “Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools Through Phased Mitigation”  which outlines steps schools can take to reopen.  The report is primarily addressed to states and school districts that have not been able to reopen this school year, but it provides reassurance that our mitigation strategies and operating principles are effective.

We are working with Albany County Health to start vaccinating  ACSD#1 employees next week.  We anticipate that K12 employees will receive an initial dose of the vaccine in the next few weeks.  We are working patiently with Albany County Health, because we know that there are many people in our community who desire a vaccination and the number of doses are limited.   We know that working together we can take care of our entire community.

Sincerely,

Jubal Yennie